Beauchamp named senior vice president at University of Portland

Author: Dennis Moore

p. Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., executive vice president emeritus and special assistant to the president of the University of Notre Dame, has been named to the newly created post of senior vice president at the University of Portland.p. The appointment, effective August 1, 2002, was announced by Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., Portland’s president. The University of Portland, like Notre Dame, is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross. Father Beauchamp has been a member of Portland’s Board of Regents since 2001. He will continue as a member of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees and as a Fellow of the University.p. As senior vice president, Father Beauchamp will be responsible for Portland’s division of university relations and its department of athletics. He also will serve as the university’s investment officer and, in that role, will assist the investment committee of its board. He will oversee Portland’s legal affairs and coordinate university planning with Brother Donald Stabrowski, C.S.C., the current academic vice president who will assume the newly created position of provost on August 1.p. Father Beauchamp’s responsibilities at Portland closely track those he carried out as executive vice president of Notre Dame from 1987-2000. The executive vice president is the third-ranking officer of the University, after the president and provost, with responsibilities including finance, business operations, human resources, and campus construction.p. As executive vice president, Father Beauchamp was responsible for Notre Dame’s endowment as it grew to more than $3 billion, directed a major restructuring of its budgeting procedures as the annual operating budget approached $500 million, and oversaw the human resources operations for its 3,900 employees. Under his direction, the campus construction program played an integral role in advancing the academic mission of the University and improving student life. Among the major projects initiated during his tenure were DeBartolo Hall, one of the most technologically advanced classroom facilities in higher education; the Mendoza College of Business complex; four undergraduate residence halls; the expansion and renovation of Notre Dame Stadium; the Warren Golf Course; the Eck Center, which houses the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, the Notre Dame Alumni Association, and the Eck Visitors’ Center; the Coleman/Morse building; Malloy Hall; and, perhaps the crown jewel among his projects, the renovation of Notre Dame’s historic Main Building.p. Also overseeing athletics, Father Beauchamp was the architect of Notre Dame’s groundbreaking television contract with NBC and orchestrated the University’s entrance into the Big East Conference.p. In addition to his administrative responsibilities at Notre Dame, Father Beauchamp has taught business law in the University’s Mendoza College of Business. He also serves as steward for the Indiana Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross.p. Father Beauchamp was born May 17, 1942, in Detroit to Edward F. and Marion K. Beauchamp. He was graduated from the University of Detroit in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and received an MBA degree from Detroit two years later. He returned to his alma mater in 1989 to be honored as its alumnus of the year.p. Father Beauchamp taught accounting and served as associate director of admissions at Alma College in Michigan from 1967-72. He attended the Notre Dame Law School from 1972-75 and, after earning his degree, returned to Alma to work as an attorney in the firm of Goggin, Baker and Beauchamp.p. Father Beauchamp entered Moreau Seminary at Notre Dame in January 1977, received a Master of Divinity degree in 1981 and was ordained a priest April 17, 1982. He served as executive assistant to his predecessor, Rev. Edmond P. Joyce, C.S.C., and, subsequently, to then-University president Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., from 1980-87, when he was elected executive vice president.


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